10 Best Swing Sets | April 2017

10 Best Swing Sets | April 2017
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We spent 30 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. If you want to get your kids out from in front of their smartphone, video game or TV screens and into the fresh air, you can either confiscate them (bad idea) or provide them with a compelling alternative. These swing sets offer a whole host of exciting outdoor play options that will not only keep your young ones entertained, but give them some healthy exercise, too. Skip to the best swing set on Amazon.
The Kettler Home Trimmstation may only have one swing, but it has a lot of other activities to keep kids occupied, such as a climbing rope, monkey bars, and a pull-up bar. The swing features 4-point adjustable suspension ropes, allowing it to be set to the perfect height.
  • provides kids with a lot of exercise
  • bright primary colors
  • assembly can be difficult
Brand Kettler
Model 8398-600
Weight 190 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
Basic, but fun, the Congo Swing Central is a good budget option that is easy for most people to properly build. The lumber is precut and predrilled and all needed hardware comes along with your order. It features a 3-position swing beam, 2 sling swings, and 1 trapeze.
  • sturdy angled design
  • durable polymer-coated lumber
  • occupies large area for simple set
Model pending
Weight 450 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
The Jump Power UFO Swing-Set features just one swing, but its rated for use by two kids at the same time. Its wide basin-shaped surface keeps kids safe and balanced even as they swing back and forth, while the stable tubular frame ensures overall stability.
  • height adjustment options
  • astm safety approved
  • kids may get bored of it quickly
Brand Jump Power
Model pending
Weight 50.8 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0
The Backyard Discovery Santa Fe is as attractive as it is fun, with its cedar wood construction and multiple play areas. It has a play deck with a colorful canopy, 2 belt swings, a playset glider, a slide and a sandbox, and is strong enough for 5 to 6 kids at once.
  • mesh cover keeps sand in sandbox
  • has a wavy rock climbing wall
  • bright green and yellow accents
Brand Backyard Discovery
Model 55002
Weight 274 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
This Flexible Flyer World Of Fun features a pleasing, vibrant lime green color that kids will enjoy. It has swings, a slide, a seesaw, a rocket rider, an air glider, and a trapeze swing, and still comes in at a budget-friendly price point, making it a great value.
  • vinyl covered chains
  • backed by 6-month warranty
  • 105 pound weight limit per seat
Brand Flexible Flyer
Model 46607T
Weight 109 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
The Lifetime Adventure Tower is good for kids who like to climb. It has two sturdy 3-D climbing walls leading up to the raised platform, along with a sloping ladder. There are also two swings and a trapeze bar for some high flying fun.
  • clubhouse has rigid hardtop roof
  • uv resistant construction
  • tower has an illuminating sky lamp
Brand Lifetime
Model 90440
Weight 500 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
Let the little ones run wild on the safe and sturdy Little Tikes Clubhouse. It doesn't have any sharp edges or pinch zones, and its slide is short and the platform low, making it safe for those smaller kids who are rather accident prone when at play.
  • platform accessible from 2 sides
  • slide has safety hand rails
  • has a challenging rope ladder
Brand Little Tikes
Model 612398
Weight 143 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
The Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure has three sturdy swings, all of the same type, a trapeze, a pole, and a slide accessed via ladder or monkey bars. It is made from heavy-duty powder-coated steel and UV-resistant polyethylene plastic, to last for years.
  • available in three color options
  • does not need to be anchored
  • strong enough to support adults
Brand Lifetime
Model Monkey bar playset
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
The Step2 Play Up is large enough for three younger kids from 36 months to 6 years old to play at once. It has a small staircase that leads to a raised platform with a ship's steering wheel for imaginative play, and a slide for easy exits.
  • non-pinching ropes on the swings
  • quality plastic won't deteriorate
  • comes with 4 u-shaped anchors
Brand Step2
Model 850000
Weight 155 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0
If you have a lot of kids or just want your house to be the go-to play spot for neighborhood kids, the Backyard Discovery Kings Peak is a good choice. It has two connecting towers, monkey bars, a challenging rock climbing wall, and two standard belt swings.
  • features ten-foot rocket slide
  • built-in telescope on upper level
  • sand box areas below the towers
Brand Backyard Discovery
Model 54373
Weight 1030 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

If You Build It They Will Come

Many years ago, in what seems like a former life, I spent a mild summer assembling children's outdoor playsets with a husband and wife tandem. We also spent some days putting together large quantities of IKEA furniture for offices.

The work was steady and not too difficult, and the pay was good.

The one constant, though, was tedium. While it'd be unfair to say that putting the more beastly playsets together was really that difficult, it was both tedious and time consuming. On average, it would take the three of us–professionals by any definition–about 8 to 10 hours to get everything assembled and ready to go.

That time, I should note, did not include the leveling out of the ground, which is absolutely necessary to the successful build of a big playset, and which we always made the homeowners do before we got there.

If you own a few good tools, and you have a history of not losing your mind trying to assemble furniture, you can probably put one of these sets together yourself, and enlist a few friends if you can.

If you don't have the tools or you don't know how to use them, and if your friends are flaky in times like these, save yourself a week of agony and spring for a professional assembly.

A Good Fit For Your Kids

I'm willing to bet that, even if your yard could fit a playset as big as the one shown here, you wouldn't want the thing.

A person's individual aesthetic is bound to recoil at the sight of any set that crosses the line from point of pride to monstrosity.

Where that line is drawn is going to be different for everyone, and if you have acres and acres of land on which to build, your line might be closer to something the size of Camelot than the size of a milk crate.

You'll also want to think about durability when selecting a set. Most of the more elaborate sets are made of wood, and the lasting power of some woods is greater than others. The plastic sets out there vary wildly in quality, but if you see it's made of High Density Polyethylene, or HDPE, you can expect a quality build.

Without too many exceptions, the size and durability of a playset are the primary factors determining its cost, so if you have a specific budget, much of the selection process will have been done for you.

You'll want something that fits both your back yard and your bank account, and something that will last. Once you've narrowed it down by those criteria, honestly, you ought to let your kids decide.

Centuries of Swing

As far back as 1450 BCE, we know there were swings. This headless, handless sculpture of a girl on a swing comes to us from the ancient Greek area known as Hagia Triada.

It makes sense, doesn't it? There is something so pleasing at an almost primal level about swinging on a swing, about flying forward and up just until the very point where you might lose control.

Swings were later used in much more mobile ways than today, during the pioneer days of Manifest Destiny. When a caravan would stop to set up camp or hunt, the children were allowed to play but discouraged from roaming too far.

To encourage this, parents in those days would take a good piece of wood and some rope, find a suitable tree, and set up an impromptu swing set. When they left, they'd take it down and bring it with them for the next layover.

The belt swings of today, whose rubber or petroleum-based seats contour more comfortably to swingers' bodies, are safer and more durable than their wooden predecessors, and, depending on the chain used, they can support hundreds of pounds. Also, splinters down there? No, thanks.

Is there another innovation in swinging around the corner? If there is, it's probably nothing too drastic. After all, not much has changed in swings for around 3500 years.

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Last updated on April 28 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.